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The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane

1858 John Quidor Born: Tappan, New York 1801 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1881 oil on canvas 26 7/8 x 33 7/8 in. (68.3 x 86.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible in part by the Catherine Walden Myer Endowment, the Julia D. Strong Endowment, and the Director's Discretionary Fund 1994.120 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" inspired Quidor to paint the climactic moment from this famous tale. Ichabod Crane is a prickly and stuck-up schoolmaster and a bumbling suitor for the lovely Katrina, who uses him to make her beau jealous. The pompous twit is no match for the clever locals, and he disappears, chased away by the headless horseman through a darkened wood. Irving's educated nitwit, strapping local boy and flirtatious beauty would reappear as folk characters throughout American literature in the nineteenth century.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Equestrian

Landscape - forest

Landscape - time - evening

Literature - character - Headless Horseman

Literature - character - Icahabod Crane

Literature - Irving - Legend of Sleepy Hollow

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Quidor

Born: Tappan, New York 1801 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1881

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